Duration
2 Years (4 Semesters)
Locations
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Fees
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February, August

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JMC’s Master of Creative Industries delivers a critical understanding of the creative industries. 

Focused on real-world production standards, JMC's MCI will give you the freedom to explore, create and apply your skills while developing your own concept into commercial reality. It will build your creative network, strengthen your critical thinking and extend your practice.

JMC’s Master of Creative Industries integrates practical, creative and entrepreneurial units, designed to develop your creative skills to industry expectations and standards.

When you graduate, you will have an innate knowledge of the creative industries sector, and a highly applicable skill set, including but not limited to:

  • In-depth knowledge of the creative industries, specifically within your field of specialisation
  • The ability to successfully realise value in the creative economy
    The principles of good research and the gathering and analysis of reliable data
  • Familiarity with the innovators, innovations and recent developments within and from the creative industries, specifically in your field of specialisation
  • The key principles of project design and management, as well as recent developments in business models within the sector
  • Technical and communication skills to analyse and evaluate the impact of technological change on the relationship between creativity and society, and, where possible, the ability to implement those changes in the design of your own project
  • Cognitive, creative and technical skills to investigate, critically analyse and synthesise trends in consumer tastes and consumption, technical contemporary best practice and your own production project
  • The cognitive, technical and creative skills to evaluate at an abstract level what the a final project might look like – based on concept development demos and extrapolation from those demos
  • An understanding of the business management principles required to successfully conduct your business interest within the creative industries, and specifically within your field of specialisation.

New $3,000 grant

To help our MCI students take their work to the next level, we have now introduced the MCI grant, which gives our students the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to use towards the creation or marketing of their project!

Why Study your Masters at JMC?

Hand-picked mentors for your specialisation
Accommodating study hours - classes are based outside of traditional work hours
Curriculum balanced between creative, exploration, entrepreneurialism and commercial application

Duration

Mindful of your work and general life commitments, the Masters of Creative Industries is available over 4 semesters. Study hours are accommodating and based outside of traditional work hours. For those who are unable to complete the Masters, a Graduate Diploma is an available exit point after the successful completion of 2 semesters.

International students may complete the program in 2 years. The program must be completed full-time in order to satisfy student visa conditions.

Admission

Post-graduate students are selected to study at JMC on the basis of:

  • A completed recognised Bachelor degree (or higher) in a * relevant field of study
  • Interview with Head of MCI
  • Relevant work experience in the creative industries field

Project concept or proposal and portfolio of sample work encouraged.

* A relevant field of study includes: music and sound production, arts management, film + television, music and related studies, entertainment, graphic and design studies, visual arts, interactive + visual design, animation and game design, creative writing, new media, communication and media studies.

If you do not have a relevant Bachelor degree you may still be accepted based on your other qualifications and/ or industry experience. For more information refer to post-graduate admissions Policies + Procedures or contact us at hello@jmc.edu.au.

International Applicants

• International students must also demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no band below 6.0. Check out our Postgraduate English Language Requirements for more information.

Download the International Admissions Guide

Download the Postgraduate application form here. You can submit it by emailing it to international@jmc.edu.au

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This unit introduces the student to the fundamentals of good research and appropriate standards of presentation and delivery. You discover your ‘research question’ and begin to explore how you can research that question by engaging with the latest cutting-edge ideas.

In this unit, you will examine the values of innovation and creativity. You will explore the fundamental approaches that underpin the making and development of an innovation. You will draw on ideas and practices such as interdisciplinarity, creativity, collaboration, and entrepreneurship to identify problems and opportunities that give rise to innovation.

In this unit, you explore the ‘field’ where you and your project belong. You research both existing works in your field and academic analysis of those works. You understand how your project connects to those existing works, and the industry.

In this unit, you will develop a project concept and proposal which will guide the work undertaken during semesters two, three and four. You will learn about design thinking and how this approach might help you to develop your project. On completion of this unit, you will have fully developed a project concept and proposal which will guide you through the remaining semesters. 

In this unit, you will learn the skills and advanced knowledge required to plan, manage, execute, and close projects that achieve goals and objectives on time, within budget and to a quality acceptable to the creative industries. Understanding the importance of project design and management in the creative industries is essential for the successful development and completion of a creative project.

In this unit, you explore approaches to the multi-dimensional relationship between the creative industries and society. You analyse the impact of a number of different technological innovations on that relationship. You will also look at changes in consumer tastes and consumption trends at different times and the factors that motivated those changes.

In this unit, you explore the various methods, and the methodological framework you will use to create your project. You are introduced to different types of methodologies, including creative practice, ethnographic and sociological. You use these methodological frameworks to help you create a rigorous, well thought through and developed project.

In this unit, you develop your project concept to a point where you are able to pitch the idea to an expert panel, who provide feedback. Alongside developing your project idea, you learn the pitching skills you will need. 

As part of this unit, you will select an industry mentor of your choice, and begin fortnightly meetings with them. They provide specialist feedback on your project idea and best practice on how you can develop it.

Drawing on the research from first year units, and your work creating your project, you will develop the central argument of your Masters research and deliver a draft of your introduction, field of practice and methodology chapters from your final document.

In this unit, you will learn how to build a sustainable career. You will learn to be innovative in the way you promote, distribute, and monetise your own creative products. You will develop a wide set of core business skills in accounting, marketing, opportunity recognition, brand management and consumer behaviour.

In this unit, you move into the pre-production phase of your project. Your focus is on developing the project to a point that you can then create what you need to take it to market in semester four.

You will continue to meet fortnightly with the industry mentor you selected in Unit 603. They provide specialist feedback on your project idea and best practice on how you can develop it. 

In this unit, you finalise the documentation to accompany your project. This documentation includes an exploration of your project’s place within the field of practice, your methods and methodology in creating the project, your project management plan, and your marketing strategy.

At the end of the semester, you submit this document for expert assessment.

In this unit, you learn about how creative businesses interact with the wider business world. You explore how to create co-productions with international partners.  You explore how impact strategies can inform the funding and marketing of your project. You think about the nature of value, and how it can be measured in creative industries.

In this unit, you produce and create your project to a point where it is market-ready. This may be in the form of a portfolio, an album, a game prototype, a business strategy, a script, or a short film.

At the end of the semester, you present your project to an expert panel for assessment.

Our Lecturers

Dr Brigid Burke

Master's Lecturer

Brigid is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist, and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe, and the USA. Brigid’s main focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets, and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, painting, and animation (digital). Currently, she curates with Mark Pedersen SEENSOUND a monthly VisualMusic series from 2011-21  LOOP Bar Melbourne now at Long Play FITZROY seensound.com. Also curates art Gallery and music events with Steve Broughton at Teal House Gallery Frankston

Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & New Work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident USA with an Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency, Indiana University USA, ADM NTU Singapore. Her works were presented on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM. ICMC International Computer Music Conference, Echofluxx 2014-20 Festivals Prague, Generative Arts Festivals in Italy, Asian Music Festivals in Tokyo, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival Paris, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, The International Clarinet Festivals, Splice Festival USA 2020 and SOUND/VISION UK 2019, Seoul and Australian Computer Music Festivals. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user12179930

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brigid140786

YouTube Performance: https://youtu.be/ot7jSazr81w\

Dr Brigid Burke

Master's Lecturer

Brigid is an Australian composer, performance artist, clarinet soloist, visual artist, video artist, and educator whose creative practice explores the use of acoustic sound and technology to enable media performances and installations that are rich in aural and visual nuances. Her work is widely presented in concerts, festivals, and radio broadcasts throughout Australia, Asia, Brazil, Europe, and the USA. Brigid’s main focus is integrating musical ideas with a combination of different media. Each component of media is a tool in the exploration of her artistic process: sound (acoustic, laptop, clarinets, and electronics), composition, improvisation, installation, painting, and animation (digital). Currently, she curates with Mark Pedersen SEENSOUND a monthly VisualMusic series from 2011-21  LOOP Bar Melbourne now at Long Play FITZROY seensound.com. Also curates art Gallery and music events with Steve Broughton at Teal House Gallery Frankston

Recently she has been a recipient of an Australia Council Project Music Fellowship & New Work commissions ‘Coral Bells’ & “Instincts and Episodes’ also Artist in Resident USA with an Edwards Distinguished Professor Artist Residency, Indiana University USA, ADM NTU Singapore. Her works were presented on the Big screen at Federation Square Melbourne, Tilde Festival, ABC Classic FM. ICMC International Computer Music Conference, Echofluxx 2014-20 Festivals Prague, Generative Arts Festivals in Italy, Asian Music Festivals in Tokyo, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival Paris, Mona Foma Festival Hobart, The International Clarinet Festivals, Splice Festival USA 2020 and SOUND/VISION UK 2019, Seoul and Australian Computer Music Festivals. She has a PhD in Composition from UTAS and a Master of Music in Composition from The University of Melbourne.

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user12179930

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/brigid140786

YouTube Performance: https://youtu.be/ot7jSazr81w\

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Dr George Catsi

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

George is a national award-winning performance writer, performer, comic, academic, and producer overlapping film, theatre, health, and education. National AWGIE winner plus the winner of the Kit Denton Fellowship for courage & excellence in performance writing for his satirical evangelical comedy I Want to Be Slim. He has written and performed his comedic memoir show Am I Who I Say I Am? across 4 seasons. Co-created, wrote, and performed in satirical comedy cabaret trio Gods Cowboys that toured extensively in Australia.

George co-created and co-presents with Mandy Nolan - Authentic You masterclasses presented nationally exploring deep connection to our authentic voice and storytelling when presenting. A regarded speaker, presenter, and host – was invited to host the national show ABC Radio Sydney covering Christine Anu’s leave.
As an academic George brings a wealth of real-world and teaching experience to the JMC Masters of Creative Industries. At UTS he has taught in Design Thinking, Animation, Media Arts, and Communications facilitating creative, innovative and entrepreneurial outcomes. His PhD explored persuasive performance and selling of truth by evangelicals against a background of satire. Amongst others was EP/owner Flickerfest International Short Film Festival + EP / visioned health TV channel – RPAtv (shortlisted NSW Premiers Award). As a media producer, he has produced/directed/written numerous educational and corporate films as well as worked in design for TV.

He has presented on topics including Creativity; Perceptions of Evil and Human Wickedness; Satire; and National Identity (he thinks they might all be the same thing).
Selection juror for short film festivals Flickerfest and the Dendys (Australia) and for 33rd International Emmy Awards plus more. His installation/projection art (range of exhibitions and events) counterpoints place and space, displacing people through humour or juxtaposed imagery.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Simone Parrott

Entertainment Business + Master's Lecturer

With extensive experience as a Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Tour Manager, Event Producer, General Manager, Arts Administrator and Lecturer, Simone has worked across all facets of live entertainment and unique special events for more than 25 years.

Her credits span commercial and not for profit productions, fundraising, community and special events, concert presentations, musical theatre and other theatrical productions, which include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Rent (Cameron Mackintosh), 50th Anniversary Snowy River Reunion Project (Julie Brooks + Company), Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the XXVII Olympiad (SOCOG), Singin’ In The Rain (David Atkins Enterprises & IMG), Oliver! (IMG & Cameron Mackintosh), Cabaret (IMG & Namco), Jamie Oliver ‘Live’ Happy Days Tour (IMG & Tim Etchells) Renée Fleming in Recital (IMG), Slava’s Snowshow (Back Row Productions & IMG) and José Carreras in Concert - the Official Opening of Singapore’s Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay (IMG), The Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts 2003 (AEIA), Inaugural Sydney & Melbourne Affordable Art Shows (Single Market Events), Santa’s Kingdom (David Atkins Enterprises, Garry Van Egmond & ICA), The Sleeping Beauty on Ice (ICA & Imperial Russian Ice Stars), Discovery After Dark (NSW Premiers Department - Office of Protocol and Special Events), The Trendwest Sydney Kings 3-Peat Celebration Ball, also benefiting the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation (Markson Sparks), World Premiere tour of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage (Jacobsen Entertainment), the launch of Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company.

Simone was the Associate Producer for the World Premiere season of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - the Musical (Priscilla On Stage), The 7th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2007 (LPA), An Audience With Stephen Sondheim (Kookaburra – The National Musical Theatre Company), and Executive Producer for José Carreras In Concert and Tina Arena In Concert: Songs Of Love and Loss (Tim Woods & Spirit Entertainment), before undertaking A Musical Send Off (Arena Management) and The 8th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2008 (LPA) and the Breast Wishes Gala Concert benefiting the National Breast Cancer Foundation (The Not For Profit Production Company). Her credits also include the World Premiere tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions), The 9th Annual Helpmann Awards - 2009 (LPA), Parky The One-Man Show (SEL), The Motown Event (SEL) The 10th Annual Helpmann Awards – 2010 and General Manager for Parky & Frost (SEL) with Sir Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost. Simone co-produced the 2011 regional tour of Breast Wishes – An Uplifting Musical (Bien-Etre Productions) as well as the role of Casting Coordinator for international productions of How To Train Your Dragon & King Kong (Global Creatures) and a second contract as the Acting General Manager at The Australian Theatre For Young People (atyp). She is also the former Chair and Board Member of Hayes Theatre Co, established in 2013.

She delivered 53 community events under the Major Community Events Program for Marrickville Council, now Inner West Council, including Marrickville Festival 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Annual Bali Memorial Service 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Dulwich Hill Community Fair 2012 & 2013, Dulwich Hill Village Fair 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Australia Day Celebrations 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016, Australia Day 2017 & 2018, International Women’s Day 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017, Bairro Portugues Petersham Food & Wine Fair 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and Celebrate 2044 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018, Fanny Durack Pool Opening 2013, Remembrance Day & Lone Pine Planting 2014, SES Headquarters Official Opening 2015, Marrickville Medal and Urban Photography Awards 2015 & 2016 and Marrickville Remembers 2015 (Marrickville Council), WWII Memorial Unveiling 2016, Footprints Ecofestival 2017, Built Environment Awards 2017 & 2018 and Carnival of Cultures 2017 & 2018, and recently devised the 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Simone develops education resource kits for musical theatre works and special events as well as course curriculum to train and lecture in Entertainment, Tour, Festival, Event and Project Management and train in Mental Health First Aid. She has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Theatre from The University of Wollongong, a Masters in Management – Arts Management and a Diploma in Workplace and Vocational Learning as well as a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment a Masters in Adult Education from The University of Technology, Sydney, a Certificate III in Floristry and most recently attained accreditation to deliver the Standard Mental Health First Aid Training course from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Lauren Neko

Master's & Entertainment Business Lecturer

Lauren Neko is an electronic music artist and creative industries educator.

A talented writer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer; Lauren has played on numerous international stages, festivals, clubs, galleries and bars. She embraces a radical use of colour in all of her performances.

Lauren’s 90’s Rave/House scene and 80’s Disco inspiration does not solely shine through in her performances, she embodies the radical self-acceptance that was at the forefront of both these underground movements then and now, and is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

As the founder of Glössy Entertainment and front-woman of UV Sound System ‘LUV’D UP’ - Lauren curates and produces stunning UV immersive events at Australian clubs and Festivals.

Lauren has been a music educator for more than half of her life. Specialising first in voice and group music coaching, her focus is now on teaching future industry leaders about creative practice, leadership, and small business management.

Lauren is still an active artist, radio host, music producer and industry public speaker. She lectures in both the undergraduate Entertainment Business Management Degree and the Creative Industries Masters Program at JMC.

Lauren Neko

Master's & Entertainment Business Lecturer

Lauren Neko is an electronic music artist and creative industries educator.

A talented writer, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer; Lauren has played on numerous international stages, festivals, clubs, galleries and bars. She embraces a radical use of colour in all of her performances.

Lauren’s 90’s Rave/House scene and 80’s Disco inspiration does not solely shine through in her performances, she embodies the radical self-acceptance that was at the forefront of both these underground movements then and now, and is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community.

As the founder of Glössy Entertainment and front-woman of UV Sound System ‘LUV’D UP’ - Lauren curates and produces stunning UV immersive events at Australian clubs and Festivals.

Lauren has been a music educator for more than half of her life. Specialising first in voice and group music coaching, her focus is now on teaching future industry leaders about creative practice, leadership, and small business management.

Lauren is still an active artist, radio host, music producer and industry public speaker. She lectures in both the undergraduate Entertainment Business Management Degree and the Creative Industries Masters Program at JMC.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Kelly Heylen

Master's Lecturer

Kelly Heylen (they/them) is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at JMC Academy. They hold a Master of Commerce and are currently completing a Master of Research at Macquarie University, analysing the discourse of digital platforms in response to Australia’s news media bargaining code. Kelly is a creative industries business advisor with Creative Plus Business and was previously Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where they were responsible for the MTNS MADE industry branding campaign. Kelly was previously the owner of a feminist art gallery and is currently co-founder of a tech start-up for the performing arts industry. Kelly is a writer, curator, and burlesque performer, and in 2020 was the recipient of a Brand X Flying Nun performing arts residency.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Ulrike Sturm

Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries

Ulrike Sturm has a strong record as a lecturer in creative industries at a post-graduate level. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals including TEXT Journal and MC Journal, and she is also on the peer review panel of several international journals in the field of creative industries and the visual arts. Her work as a visual artist is regularly exhibited in regional and commercial galleries, and is held in public collections in Australia and internationally. Ulrike Sturm is a member of NAVA and the Print Council of Australia.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Jeff Crabtree

Master's Lecturer

Dr Jeff Crabtree is a researcher, author, speaker, songwriter and music producer with 100 composition and production credits in commercial music and music for Television. Some of his music was heard underscoring the 2000 Sydney Olympics and some of his work currently fly around the world on a major airline. He has performed live on and off for many years playing original blues tunes. He is co-author of the independently published book Living With A Creative Mind and consults to organizations in Australia and overseas on the best ways to manage creative thinkers and build environments that foster innovation through his company Zebra Collective. He teaches in the Masters of Creative Industries Degree at JMC Academy (in Sydney). His PhD was awarded for researching the nature and extent of workplace harassment in the contemporary music industries.

Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Master's Lecturer

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a researcher, lecturer, writer, community volunteer and skateboarder. Her published work bridges the world of academic scholarship and her on the ground engagement with communities. This includes writing for peer reviewed journals such as Sociology, Sport in Society, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, Social Policy and Society, The Journal of Australian Studies and The British Journal of Social Work. She is also a regular contributor for Yeah Girl Media. Her community work includes being the co-founder of Girls Skate Brisbane, The Asian Australian Film Forum and Network, and Adopted Vietnamese International. She has co-chaired several film festival events working in collaboration with universities and industry such as the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, SBS Film and Madman Entertainment.

Indigo is also a former ARC Discovery Project Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a recipient of an Australian Academy of the Humanities Traveling Fellows Scholarship, Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award, UQ Alumni, UQ Equity Office Diversity Week Grant, Australian Post-Graduate Award Doctoral Scholarship,Yale University SEAS Conference Scholarship, Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) selected attendee and Rockefeller Research Fellow, UMASS, Boston.

Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Master's Lecturer

Dr Indigo Willing OAM is a researcher, lecturer, writer, community volunteer and skateboarder. Her published work bridges the world of academic scholarship and her on the ground engagement with communities. This includes writing for peer reviewed journals such as Sociology, Sport in Society, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, Social Policy and Society, The Journal of Australian Studies and The British Journal of Social Work. She is also a regular contributor for Yeah Girl Media. Her community work includes being the co-founder of Girls Skate Brisbane, The Asian Australian Film Forum and Network, and Adopted Vietnamese International. She has co-chaired several film festival events working in collaboration with universities and industry such as the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, SBS Film and Madman Entertainment.

Indigo is also a former ARC Discovery Project Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and a recipient of an Australian Academy of the Humanities Traveling Fellows Scholarship, Elizabeth Usher Memorial Award, UQ Alumni, UQ Equity Office Diversity Week Grant, Australian Post-Graduate Award Doctoral Scholarship,Yale University SEAS Conference Scholarship, Harvard Project for Asia and International Relations (HPAIR) selected attendee and Rockefeller Research Fellow, UMASS, Boston.

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of Screenworks Journal. 

Dr Catherine Gough-Brady

National Head of Postgraduate Studies

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady is an award-winning documentary producer and director. She has produced and directed six ABC TV documentary series, including Legal Briefs (2016) and Ethics Matters (2017). Catherine has also created 11 radio features for ABC Radio National.

Dr. Catherine Gough-Brady has published in peer-reviewed journals and academic books on the emergent use of video as a method of academic discourse, and the relational nature of documentary production processes. Catherine is an associate editor of Screenworks Journal. 

Ben Samuel

Acting and Music Lecturer

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

Ben Samuel

Acting and Music Lecturer

Having recently moved from New Zealand, Ben has immersed himself in the performing arts industry in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Ben has performed in several musicals, concerts, cabarets & music festivals across the country. His performance credits include singing, acting & dancing in major stage productions such as Carmen, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Hair, Curtains, Coca-Cola CCITP & Nelson Opera in the Park.

Ben has also performed alongside many New Zealand artists, with production companies such as Showbiz, Canterbury Opera & Chant et Danse, and was involved extensively in the New Zealand Jazz & Arts festivals for many years. During his time in Melbourne, Ben has been building a career in singing & teaching whilst standing by the words of Stephen Sondheim “..if I cannot fly, let me sing.”

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FAQs

Many jobs in the creative industries are found via direct recommendations or referrals. At JMC Academy, many of these recommendations are made while students are completing their studies and via organisations that approach JMC for graduates. That is why we stress the importance of networking through our industry connected lecturers and taking advantage of the many work experience and internship opportunities that arise. Throughout their studies, students are progressively adding to their portfolio of work, networking with lecturers and students, and learning how to run their own businesses. All of this directly contributes to their ability to generate an income in a field they are passionate about and enjoy.

The ultimate benefit of studying at JMC Academy is the reassurance and relief in knowing that we are leaders in creative industries education and have been delivering quality education in the Creative Industries for over 30 years. We were the first to be accredited in Australia for education in Audio Engineering, Digital Television and Multimedia.

Our courses have always been practical, with hands-on projects and an intense focus on industry and outcomes undiluted by extensive, non-essential electives.  

In choosing to study at JMC Academy, our students are opting for the benefits of an intimate classroom size where the lecturer knows their name and learning needs. They are choosing to learn at an award-winning institution that fosters collaboration and creative vision. At JMC Academy the student's experience becomes an integral part of their learning and the institution's own values defined by quality, integrity, diligence and innovation indelibly become their own.   

Creativity is big business. In 2011, Australia had more than 600,000 people working in the creative industries and over 120,000 creative businesses. According to a recent report by consultancy group SGS Economics and Planning, the Creative Industries alone was estimated to have added more than $45 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2011-12 while generating more than $3.2 billion in annual exports. In addition ABS figures released in 2014 showed that the 2008-09 national accounts had a combined Cultural and Creative Industries contributing over $86 billion to our economy. 

Yes. The JMC Academy is registered and regulated by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) which is Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, both public and private.

No, our courses are hands on and practical. Students are required to attend classes to receive ongoing mentorship, learn new skills and work with the equipment provided. We do encourage our students to use online study resources, however our courses would not be as immersive as they are without the practical component.